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The end of the library.

Between the old railway line and the newish Main Street play school, they used to be a range of extra classrooms attached to the village school, originally for the bigger children. But they became redundant during one of the historic area school reorganisations. Their latest incarnation for a good few years had been as the Seahouses Public Library. No more! The venerable but otherwise unremarkable structure is being dismantled and removed from the site. The substitute library facilities are based at the Sports and Community Centre.

Cinderella at the Social Club.
An appreciative audience of all ages filled the main assembly room of Seahouses Social Club for the one and only performance of Cinderella in the early evening of Sunday, the 7th of December. Organised by Chaplins Pantos in association with Seahouses Junior Football Club, all traditional features of a Christmastide pantomime were colourfully presented, evoking heartfelt responses from at least a goodly proportion of the audience.


Santa's Post Box is now available for use by suitable and deserving persons of all ages. The location is outside the PAINT AND GARDEN CENTRE at 51 Main Street, in Seahouses. The final collection will be on Wednesday, the 17th of December, so don't wait!
The Santa Post Box in Seahouses.

Seahouses mugs.

A new addition has been made to the range of Seahouses-specific goods on sale around the village. Elegant white porcelain mugs bear an imprint of a fully active harbour against a background of the grass slope and the actual 'sea houses' of Harbour Road and Crewe Street. Supplies are available - in good time for Christmas gifts - from "Drift" at number 20 and "Polka Dot" opposite at 29 Main Street.


Switching on the Festive Lights.
On the calm, dry evening of Thursday the 20th of November, Seahouses experienced half an hour of Christmas carols led by members of the Village Voices choir while awaiting the arrival of a Very Important Person. He then made sure that Ruby Pearson was fully briefed for the important task of switching on the Seahouses Christmastide Festive Lights display.


Front and back of the book.
"OLD SEAHOUSES", the new glossy paperback by historian/poet Katrina Porteous, has reached the shops in Seahouses. An historic collection of sixty-four black and white photos, all are fully described even including the names of individuals shown and the identity and ownership of many of the vessels and buildings, thanks evidently to impeccable research. Apart from the 1866 OS map showing the two communities of North Sunderland and Sea Houses, the photos date from the very earliest years of the twentieth century up to the 1950s. Many features have disappeared altogether, like the railway, the Scottish herring girls - indeed the whole herring industry - and the Crumstone cows being milked in the field. But it is fascinating to see how the layouts of the harbour, streets and buildings shown compare with their current versions.
The book's cash sale price in Cubby's as elsewhere is just £9.00. For those needing on-line details the ISBN is 97818 4033 6825, from publisher Stenlake Publishing Limited,


Memorial service, early stages. Chairman of the Parish Council, Geoffrey Stewart, read the ROLL of HONOUR of the fallen in wars since 1914, before laying the first poppy wreath on the plinth of Seahouses war memorial, on the Main Street roundabout.
Memorial service, wreath laying.
Other military, civilian and youth organisations then laid their tributes.
Local residents of all ages were involved.

The fine morning of Remembrance Sunday saw the regular North Sea trading vessel FALCON taking a coastal route seawards of Holy Island (of course!) but inshore of the Farne Island group on its way southwards.
Motor Vessel Falcon.
And geese were on migration southwards too!
Migrating geese in flight.

RNLI logo.
Golf ball recycling in aid of R N L I Lifeboats (three for a £1) has moved along Main Street to the blue premises of Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages at number 46, opposite the Co-Op.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages.

First lights on Main Street.
The last day of October was chosen by the faithful Seahouses Festive Lights volunteers to start their pre-Christmas chores. Strings of lights across the streets and wall-mounted units will probably be complemented with a few special isolated features. And they're not confined to Main Street: North Street and North Sunderland, and St. Aidan's too! Switch-on: 20th November.

Village Voices in Methodist Church.
The ranks of our local Village Voices choir were thinned by last-minute infections for their Saturday evening concert in the Methodist Church, Seahouses on October the fourth. Nevertheless Chairman George was able to fulfil his role as Master of Ceremonies for the full programme of choral and solo items. Siblings Jackie and John were in duet, accompanied by Pat, as ever. Pat's later solo item on the piano was "The Piano" theme from "The Piano" film. In between, Barbara gave a recitation. These were all in a choral environment composed of Bach chorales and the Vicar of Dibley's Psalm 23; seasonal John Rutter anthems; with Bobby Shaftoe on The Water of Tyne; and others including a couple of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Vanessa was in valued over-all command as Conductor. Refreshments followed!
PS: New members come to the Methodist Church rooms at 7 o'clock this Thursday.


The 2015 edition of the Seahouses Calendar is now available from the Sue Ryder charity shop at 11 Main Street, Seahouses, between Pinnacles and the Olde Ship Hotel at the sea end of the village. Produced locally, well over half the cover price of £4.95 is retained by the charity.

Twelve iconic Seahouses pictures adorn the cover: each then features on its own month display along with public holidays and other events, leaving space for your own appointments and notes. A plain white envelope is included.

If you are unable to call in, phone the Sue Ryder shop on 01665 721652 instead.
Front cover of the calendar.
The Seahouses Tea Towel.

For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.

Divers are supplied with air compressed into cylinders here. Some one-time news items of possible historic interest are stored on our News Archive page.